Beautiful Bob - Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitar, Jake, Just Jake - Drums, Pinché Mo - Vocals/Bass Fiddle, Flyin' Brian - Lead Guitar
Last modified on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 11:31
How did the Swillbilly’s come to be?
Mo: It was a road trip through Central California. I was going through the radio stations and all there was was Mexican Polka music and really crappy Country sappy music. Not good Country. We like Country music; good Country and old Country. I was like: “God, someone needs to start a Country band that's more like that roots-y old nasty dirty Country instead of singing about dogs and trucks and shit like that.”
Jake: Hey! we've got some of that!"
Mo: Oh yeah, fuck!
Bob: My dog's in my truck right now!
Mo: So I was with a guy that I work with and he said "So you've got a lot of opinions, how would you write it?" I was thinking about it, and was like: “Yeah, I'd write about real shit like getting cock-blocked by your buddy!” More socially relevant stuff to us. So I came up with "Cock-Blocked Again". I took that home and presented it to these guys and we became a Country band within one bottle of whisky.
Brian: It just snow-balled from there...
Bob: In many senses.
Jake: Overnight sensation.
So what are specific influences? Obviously Country is a big part of who you guys are.
Mo: Charles Bronson, Ed Begley Jr.
Bob: Tom fuckin' Selleck!
Mo: Tom fuckin' Selleck! Absolutely! We're big Magnum fans.
So you have a new CD coming out Feb. 18th. What was the recording process like?
Brian: Fastest recording process I've ever heard of.
Jake: Two days, 48 hours.
Mo: Not even 48 hours. it was like two 10-11 hour days, and maybe a couple 30 packs.
Bob: Four bottles of H&H.
Mo: And a couple of bottles of whisky. It was a whirl wind. We did it down at Indigital Recording Studios. Those guys are killer! They put up with us being hammered!
Tell us a little about the album art.
Jake: Who's idea was the cover?
Brian: That was Mo's. It's his brain child with the cheese and everything.
Mo: Yeah, it's kind of an homage to The Dwarves and what other band?
Brian: Johnny Legend did a few back in the day
Mo: Yeah, food products and breasts, that's awesome. I thought it would be funny just because we’re kind of offensive and cheesy.
Bob: And misogynistic!
Mo: And misogynistic. If we put something in there that was both eye-catching and kind of stomach turning...
Brian: Basically, something that will offend everybody.
Mo: Yeah! Exactly!
Bob: We don't want to exclude. We want to offend everybody.
Mo: Our music is intended to grab you by the ear and spit in it. Like a high speed wet willy.
Watch this entire video interview by Caroline Reid unedited.
Swillbilly’s YMO “Live Performance Event” Friday April 15th @ Coasters Lounge.